Hi Duffy friends, I just bought a project, a 21' Duffy that was abandoned in a boat yard in Southern California. It has its bottom mostly painted, and the sides are primed, but that's pretty much where the good ends. The interior's mostly gutted, and the previous owner cut the fiberglass in the bow, perhaps intending to install a microwave and cabinets, along the lines of current models. I'm not sure how old this one is, but it has hand laid fiberglass in the hull, so I'm guessing it's around 30 years.
A few months ago, I bought another project electric boat, a 1980 Wellcraft Electra 143. It wasn't running, but it wasn't gutted either, so some new batteries and a new speed controller brought it back to life. It is a bit small, though. I can't sit next to my wife, for example. One of us has to sit in the middle or bow while the other steers. So I was looking for a bigger boat, though maybe not such a big project. I'll probably sell the Wellcraft now that it's mostly done, or at least as soon as I get the Duffy running.
I'll look forward to hearing about your boats and how you use them.
Your plan is to restore her?
Hi Bill, yes, the 14' Wellcraft is proving to be a little too small, so the 21' Duffy should be plenty big. The local Duffy dealer has been helpful with information about the boat and parts availability.
The boat is a 2002, and has an anchor locker, which I gather was an option. It looks like the prior owner removed a sink and something else in favor of more seating. I may put it back the way it was, as it has plenty of seating, and the sink would be cool.
Anyway, I'm still waiting for it, as it's raining all week.